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What were the arguments for and against imperialism?  

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Posted November 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM via web

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What were the arguments for and against imperialism?  

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM (Answer #1)

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There were three major arguments in the United States for imperialism.  First, it was seen as a way for the United States to strengthen its economy.  Second, it was a way to increase the country’s military power.  Finally, it was a way of fulfilling the country’s duty to help civilize the rest of the world. 

There were two main arguments against imperialism.  Some people objected for racist reasons.  They felt that taking places like the Philippines would bring too many non-whites into the United States.  Others felt imperialism was un-American.  They felt that a country founded on liberty should not take away the liberty of others.

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